The Clinic of Medical Oncology is structured in 4 outpatient clinics (Bellinzona, Lugano, Mendrisio, Locarno) and a ward (31 beds at the Bellinzona hospital). About 25 doctors, 80 nurses and 10 secretaries are active in the service. All doctors are trained in general oncology and are generally capable of managing any type of cancer.
Specialized Oncology Centers
With the creation of Specialized Oncology Centers, the EOC can achieve its multi-site transversal clinical reality and the multidisciplinary collaboration of teams specialized on types of tumors. These entities will make it possible to make even more effective the coordination of EOC professionals who already dedicate their clinical skills and their scientific interest to the specific oncological pathology treated by the Center. The patient will benefit from it throughout the course of treatment (diagnosis, therapy, assistance and treatment, rehabilitation) and the development of training and research will benefit.
Radio-Oncology / Radiotherapy
Scientific and technological developments have enabled radiotherapy to achieve a very high therapeutic index in recent years, especially when combined with surgery, chemotherapy, receptor therapies, immunotherapy and others. To this end, clinical cases are discussed in multidisciplinary tumor-boards, involving the different professionals involved in patient care.
The Haematology Service deals with all blood diseases. The activity is divided into a diagnostic laboratory part (making the correct diagnosis), a clinical part (investigations and treatment of patients with haematological diseases), and research (development and refinement of new therapies
Genetic counselling in oncology is aimed at people who, on the basis of a personal or family history, have a high risk of developing cancer. Tumours are not hereditary diseases, but the predisposition to a disease can be passed on from one generation to another. It is possible, with specialised and multidisciplinary genetic counselling, to identify families with a possible genetic predisposition.
The Breast Cancer Group
IOSI's Breast Cancer Group is part of the Senology Center of Southern Switzerland. Within the Institute the breast cancer group is responsible for establishing, and periodically updating, the treatment guidelines applied in the EOC hospitals. IOSI provides patients with modern integrated treatments, innovative drugs and availability to participate in clinical trials with new drugs.
Today's multimodal and interdisciplinary cancer approaches have improved the success of treatments. With an extended life however, is an increase in importance of treatment and disease side effects. New physical, psychological, family and social needs arise, which it is important to recognise and address from the very beginning of the illness.
Cellular Therapy Programme
In 1993, the first autologous stem cell transplantation in Ticino was performed in Bellinzona. Since then, more than 400 patients have received transplants, most of them suffering from lymphoma or multiple myeloma. From August 2020, the autologous transplantation unit will become part of a broader and more innovative project, which includes cellular therapies under a single umbrella.